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Wednesday, December 5, 2001


Tony Hawk Swipes an Eddy
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Macworld has announced the results of this year's Editors' Choice Awards. Affectionately known as the "Eddy," this award is given to all manner of Mac products released between November 2000 and November 2001, and symbolizes both exceptional quality and creativity.


In the Games category, top honors this year were given to Aspyr Media's popular sports title Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2:

Fast-moving action, sharp-looking 3-D graphics, and Mac OS X compatibility right out of the box vault it into the rarefied air of top Mac games. Throw in multiplayer gaming, a skate-park editor, and other customizable features, and you've got a game that keeps on rolling as others fall by the wayside.
Honorable mentions were given to Escape from Monkey Island, yet another title in the Aspyr stable, and MacSoft's teeth-gritting action game Rogue Spear. Monkey Island's combination of slick graphics and trademark humor made it a strong runner-up, and Rogue Spear's popularity with the online crowd assured that it wasn't forgotten.


IMG congratulates both Aspyr and MacSoft for placing in this year's Eddy Awards. A special mention goes out to Westlake Interactive for their excellent work in porting both Tony Hawk 2 and Monkey Island to the Mac.

IMG Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
IMG Review: Escape from Monkey Island
Aspyr Media: Escape from Monkey Island
MacSoft: Rogue Spear
Macworld: 17th Annual Eddy Awards
Aspyr Media: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
IMG Review: Rogue Spear
MGF: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Demo (22.2 MB)
MGF: Rogue Spear Demo (54.3 MB)
Westlake Interactive: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Wins the Eddy!
MGF: Escape from Monkey Island Demo (53 MB)
Westlake Interactive
Neversoft
Aspyr Media
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2


IMG Reviews CH Products Pro Pedals
11:59 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Today IMG reviews the CH Products Pro Pedals, a game controller designed for serious flight sim fans:

When buying a joystick setup for their computer, many gamers tend to think of rudder pedals as an afterthought, believing them to be icing on the proverbial cake. After all, so many joysticks on the market nowadays have twist-grips or finger rudders, so what’s the point? Whether or not to buy a set of rudder pedals is more of a personal choice than anything else: As a gamer, do you want the most hands-on control of your aircraft? Do you want to experience the true “feel” of flying a plane in a heavy crosswind?


CH Products attempts to bring you the true feeling of yawed flight through their Pro Pedals USB. These pedals not only have sliding forward-back motion for realistic yaw control, but also offer two independent toe brakes. Their versatility may prove handy in many a computer game, but many gamers may find their hefty price tag hard to swallow.

For the rest of Tim Morgan's detailed hands-on review, just follow the link below.

IMG Review: CH Products Pro Pedals


Questions from the Id
11:48 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

For the next three week's, the folks at Aspyr Media are continuing their contest to promote Otto Matic, their game of intergalactic robotic adventure. Be the first to correctly answer three questions about one of the ten sci-fi films most influential on Otto Matic creator Brian Greenstone's design of the game, and win cool stuff!


This week's questions concern the seminal 1956 classic, Forbidden Planet:

1. Which Shakespeare play is the basis of the film?


2. Which famous robot made his debut in Forbidden Planet?


3. What are Robby's thoughts on oxygen?

Submit your answers to newsletter@aspyr.com.


(If you don't know the answers to these questions off the top of your head, go rent a copy of this movie now. It may well be the greatest science fiction film ever made.)


Last week's winner was Steve Klein, who correctly answered these questions about Attack of the 50 Foot Woman:

Q: What was the working title for Attack of the 50 Foot Woman?

A: The Astounding Giant Woman.


Q: In the 1993 TV remake, which film is showing at the drive-in when Nancy goes on her rampage?

A: Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958).


Q: How tall was the 50-foot woman in centimeters?

A: 1524 cm.

Congratulations to Mr Klein, who wins (as will every winner for the next three weeks) "a copy of Otto Matic!!! plus some cool Aspyr stuff!!!"


Oh yeah. We just love stuff.

Submit answers to Otto Matic Movie Quiz
Aspyr Media: Otto Matic
IMG Preview: Otto Matic
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Otto Matic


OS X Sacrifice Screen Shots
10:51 AM | Noah Brimhall | Comment on this story

Italian Mac gaming web site Games4Mac has posted five new screen shots of the upcoming MacPlay strategy game Sacrifice running on Mac OS X.



In the game, players take on the role of a wizard trying to appease one of five gods by sacrificing enemy souls, which gains the player access to more powerful spells. Sacrifice is expected to be released on December 7th.

Head over to Games4Mac for a look, and be sure to read IMG's preview for more information.

MacPlay: Sacrifice
Games4Mac: Sacrifice Screen Shots
IMG Preview: Sacrifice
MacPlay
Shiny Entertainment
Sacrifice
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OpenGL 2.0 Support Survey
10:44 AM | Noah Brimhall | Comment on this story

The folks at OpenGL.org have begun a survey of support among OpenGL developers for the new OpenGL 2.0 proposals.

Now that the OpenGL 2.0 white papers are in review, we'd like to find out who is considering taking advantage of these developments. The primary goals for OpenGL 2.0 are to add support for pixel and fragment shaders, improve memory management and give applications more control over the rendering pipeline. This will still provide compatibility with OpenGL 1.3 - so older applications will run on graphics accelerators with OpenGL 2.0 drivers.
This is a survey strictly geared toward developers, but nonetheless important to the Mac gaming community. OpenGL is the supported standard for 3D software rendering and hardware acceleration on the Mac. Unlike DirectX, the scheme from Microsoft, OpenGL is a cross-platform standard. For more information on OpenGL head over to OpenGL.org and read the OpenGL 2.0 white papers.

OpenGL 2.0 white papers
OpenGL.org
OpenGL 2.0 Support Survey


Virtual PC 5 Released
10:25 AM | Noah Brimhall | Comment on this story

Connectix has announced the release of Virtual PC 5, the latest version of its PC emulation software. The new version supports Mac OS X and the newest OS from Microsoft, Windows XP. As with the previous version of Virtual PC, Mac OS 9 and every version of Windows since Windows 98 is supported, as is PC-DOS.



New features in Virtual PC 5 also include:

Multiprocessor support in Mac OS X


Virtual switch in Mac OS X - to network between Virtual PCs running on the same Mac


Undoable drive images - allow you to back out of any Windows session


Ability to share removable media storage devices


DVD-ROM data support for the guest OS


Key mapping between Macintosh keyboard and standard PC keyboard


Snappier user experience - faster menus & faster text scrolling

Although Windows XP is supported now, at this time only Windows 98 and DOS are shipping preinstalled with Virtual PC 5. Windows 2000 and XP bundles are expected later this month and in January, respectively. Add-on packs for all Microsoft OSes are expected later this month.



Virtual PC is $199 with Windows 98 preinstalled and $99 with DOS preinstalled. Upgrades can be purchased for only $79, and there are special programs for those who purchased Virtual PC 4 since November 1, 2001.



Although Virtual PC 5 does not support 3D hardware acceleration, many less-demanding PC games that do not require such acceleration may run well.

Connectix: Virtual PC 5


Geneforge Hits RC2
9:40 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Following our preview of the game yesterday, Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel informed IMG that the upcoming title Geneforge is now at RC2. This second release candidate means that if no major bugs are found, the game could be released as early as next week.


Geneforge looks similar to Spiderweb's other 2D fantasy role-playing games, but the gameplay, featuring the ability to create your own creatures, looks to be a radical departure from the Exile and Avernum series.


For more information on this unusual new game, check out our sneak preview.

Spiderweb Software: Geneforge
IMG Preview: Geneforge
Spiderweb Software
Geneforge


MacMAME Status Update
8:07 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A recent question was posed to Usenet newsgroup comp.sys.mac.games.action about the current version of MacMAME, the extremely popular arcade emulator, breaking under Mac OS X 10.1. Brad Oliver, who works on the port, gave a quick answer, saying that either he or Apple could fix the problem. Apparently he expects the next OS X update to fix the bug, though he also has a workaround in place.


Here's his reply:

It's a race of slowpokes on this one. 10.1.2 will fix it for sure, and
I've got a fix for whenever I do the next release as well. Place your
bets now. ;-)
Since it seems unlikely we'll see any Apple updates until Macworld Expo San Francisco, we're placing our bets in Brad's corner for now. The MAME delay is understandable, though, considering his extremely tough schedule of work at Westlake Interactive. Stay tuned to IMG for any news on future updates to the emulator.

Usenet: comp.sys.mac.games.action
MacMAME


MacSoft Redesigns Web Site
8:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

After much anticipation from fans and press alike, MacSoft has finally given its official web site a complete overhaul with a new design and better navigation. The new pages include a section for products, with each game and other program they have published getting its own, clean page. There is also a place for demos and archived news, as well as a slightly outdated links page.


MacSoft explains the new site is not meant to be permanent, but is rather a transitional phase into parent company Infogrames's family of sites:

Work on this new site is continuing, and we expect a myriad of changes to occur as we move forward. Eventually, the MacSoft site will integrate the overarching design features of the Infogrames family of websites, so this new design is a transitional step on the way to bigger and better things. In the meantime, we hope you'll find this site more attractive and easier to navigate.
A quick scan through the MacSoft products page shows some titles that have yet to be released, like Beach Head 2002. Civilization III is also listed, on which the good folks at Westlake are hard at work; they expect to be finished very early next year.

MacSoft: Civilization III
MacSoft Home Page
MacSoft: Beach Head 2002



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Heroes III Complete Patch Available
6:00 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

IMG reader Richard Hallas reports that a patch is available to update 3DO's Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete to version 4.0.1:

A few issues were found after the game was released, the most
irritating being that it reported an error if you tried to run it in
16M colours. Evolution Interactive produced a patch to fix these bugs
back in March, but 3DO chose not to let anyone have it!
Hallas reports that while the patch is still not available for download from the Web, it can now be had via e-mail:
To obtain it, at present you have to email 3DO and request it. 3DO may apparently consider adding the patch to its Web site in future, but only if more people request it (which seems a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation). Anyway, the method I used was to fill in the email form on their support page. The updater was emailed back to me a few days later, and was 723 kB in size. Installation was straightforward and did indeed appear to fix the bugs claimed, without introducing any new problems!
The updater, which was produced back in March, lists the following corrections:
Game now correctly runs Spoils of War campaign.


Trade with Allied Heroes in a multiplayer game no longer randomly displays any memory errors.


Inadequate Video Settings dialog no longer appears when running in Millions of Colors.

If you play Heroes III Complete and have had any of these problems, head over to 3DO's Mac support page via the link below and request this patch.

3DO: Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete
MGF: Heroes III Complete Demo (60.8 MB)
3DO: Macintosh Customer Support (U.S.)
IMG Review: Heroes of Might and Magic III
IMG Review: Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete
3DO



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Tropico for OS X Updated
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

MacSoft has recently released an update for the Mac OS X version of Tropico, the popular Caribbean island management simulation developed by PopTop:

This version 1.0.3 update of Tropico for OS X will improve stability for some users, particularly users who were experiencing difficulty when changing graphics settings and when switching resolutions.
The update is available at Macgamefiles and weighs in at a mere 713 kB.

IMG Review: Tropico
MacSoft: Tropico
MGF: Tropico for OS X 1.0.3 Update (713 kB)
PopTop Software
MacSoft
Tropico
Buy Tropico


Mac Games News for Tuesday, December 4, 2001

IMG Previews Geneforge11:51 AM
No One Lives Forever on Feb. 15?11:37 AM
Fan Interviews Riven Co-Director11:28 AM
ATI Talks About Mac Products11:02 AM
Dragon Alpha Released10:23 AM
MacGamez Looks at Mac Shooters10:09 AM
Age of Empires II 1.0.3 Patch Released10:04 AM
Apple.com Game News and Reviews9:42 AM
Otto Matic Ships, Demo Out9:22 AM
Sean Smith Named Senior News Editor6:00 AM
 
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